Contemporary views on meat reflect an ambiguous status of appreciation and rejection, especially
in the urbanised West, and tend to come with strong moral overtones. The portrayal of
(red) meat as an intrinsically harmful food choice by certain academics, non-governmental
organisations, mass media, and public-private partnerships contributes to this tension. Although
most of these voices are merely calling for a moderation of the consumption of meat in areas
with high intake, others are radical and demand a drastic reduction or even elimination, as will
be documented in this article. Some scientists are beginning to articulate their concern about
an ongoing trend towards unbalanced communications and anti-meat militancy in both academic
and policy circles. The perceived threat is not only that the vilification of meat may add
to the ongoing moralisation of dietary choices and societal polarisation, but also that it may further
undermine an already precarious situation of public health and a fragile food system, especially
(but not only) in the Global South. Minimising livestock may also come with unintended
harmful effects on ecosystems and livelihoods. The ‘Dublin Declaration of Scientists on the
Societal Role of Livestock’, issued in October 2022, exemplifies such concern. Together with the
body of evidence to which it refers, the Dublin Declaration is to be read as a petition for pragmatism,
demanding sufficiently high standards of evidence, and more respect for the principle
of caution when it comes to policies that have the intention to severely challenge the role of
meat and other animal source foods in future diets.
Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)885-897
Aantal pagina's13
TijdschriftItalian Journal of Animal Science
Nummer van het tijdschrift1
StatusPublished - 2023

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The founder of the EAT Foundation is a 2015 Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum (WEF) and has presented her organisation as a ‘Davos for food’ (Turow-Paul ), which in all probability facilitates influence over policy-making initiatives within global power networks, both nationally and transnationally. The WEF is indeed supportive of the Great Food Transformation, having published an article entitled ‘Why we all need to go on the ‘planetary health diet’ to save the world’ (WEF ). Within the larger WEF ecosystem, EAT is allied to the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), in particular via the FReSH initiative through which it gets the support from leading agri-food corporations (WBCSD ). Many of the corporate WBCSD/FReSH members have expressed a strong interest in the alt meat market and have developed their product lines accordingly (Wood ; Kowitt ).

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